Gindrinker, Paul Hawkins & Thee Awkward Silences, Alex Dingley,
Superman Revenge Squad @ Clwb ifor bach(downstairs), Womanby street, Cardiff - 27/02/08
Gindrinker are one of the most captivating acts to grace the local scene in Cardiff. Influenced by the likes of The Fall, Suicide and The Cramps they play dark and heavy alternative rock with amazing lyrics about fruit, bugs and darts.
"The Fall-meets-Big Black; northern prose over harsh drum machine and guitar backdrops." - drownedinsound.com
"Cardiff's best cult band" - nme
Paul Hawkins & Thee Awkward Silences formed in 2006. Originally a casual backing band for Paul's solo material, the band developed into the current permanent line-up in November 2007. The band released a few singles and debut album We Are Not Other People during the course of 2008 and will release a follow-up in 2009. During 2008 the band played various festivals and received airplay on Radio 1, 6 Music and various other stations and the odd bit of nice press here and there and they hope to continue in this vain during 2009. Soul-bearing and bleakly comedic in lyrics and charismatic, compelling and cathartic live Paul and the band have been compared to various people like Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Elvis Costello, Edwyn Collins and the Fall but then they've also been told they don't quite sound like anyone else at all...
"Paul Hawkins sounds like no-one. Someone doing something truly on
their own and making the rules up as they go along. " ARTROCKER
"Probably the most dark and twisted pop record of all time." BEARDED
Alex Dingley found his first guitar amounst the sea weed, driftwood and dead jelly fish on Llansteffan beach. Amazingly, after clearing away the crustation and milldew it was still perfectly in tune, though
salty in tone.Alex de-tuned it and decided that he liked it much better. "I Lost My Honey In The Grass" was recorded under the dying sun of 2006 and the new moon of 2007. As we searched the hill tops of North Wales for a feeling we did not know we'd lost we found a forgotten land that the glaciers made, both below a mountain and atop the world where the jagged hill tops spit and fondle the sky like breaking waves in a frozen storm, threatening to meet and to block out the light completely. The ship was cunningly hidden, its masts inconspicuose amoungst the crosses of the tomb stones and in the hull we made camp, lit a fire, ate buttered bread and sardines from the tin, told far fetched stories and attempted to convey to one another just how confused we actually are.
'Like a Welsh medieval pavement' Colin Murray, Radio One
Superman Revenge Squad is one bloke from Croydon, called Ben, and an acoustic guitar. He started writing his stuff at the beginning of 2007. Since then he's gone from playing a load of open mic nights to playing gigs supporting people like Jeff Lewis, the Wave Pictures and Paul Hawkins & Thee Awkward Silences.
"A very sharp lyricist indeed, Absolute genius!" Tom Robinson on Radio6 Music
"Stirring aggit-folk, with the fragility of Bright Eyes & some
hilarious lyrics" -subba-cultcha.com
"Like Brooklyn's Jeffrey Lewis, Superman Revenge Squad is taking folk music in exciting new directions - accessible, inventive and painfully funny, taking shots at pop culture but never straying too far from endearing self-deprecation. An artist who deserves much more press" -